Suffolk Welcomes Thom Barthelmess this November

Thom Barthelmess will be presenting two programs for children’s services staff on November 15th, 2011: Nonfiction: It’s Not Just for Homework Anymore! at 10:00 am and Strong Collection Development Plan: Helping Children Help Themselves at 2:00 pm.

Thom Barthelmess is a lecturer and the Curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, IL. The Butler Children’s Literature Center opened in its new, permanent space on Sunday, September 11, 2011 with the Kinship Project, its inaugural exhibit. In the announcement of the event, Thom wrote:

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we have curated a collection of books for children and teens that speaks to our human kinship, as our way of remembering and paying tribute.

Thom is pictured here reading Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, one of the 29 titles in the Kinship Project. Behind him is wallpaper featuring the artistry of…can you guess correctly!?

Before joining the teaching staff at Dominican University, Thom served as the youth services manager at the Austin Public Library and youth services coordinator and youth services supervisor at Spokane County Library District. Thom is a past president of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and has served as a member of the ALSC Board of Directors. Thom’s numerous other roles within ALSC include serving on the Newbery Award Selection Committee, Membership Committee, and chairing the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee. He is the current Chair of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards committee.

Besides reading and talking about books for young people, Thom enjoys following tennis, watching all the Oscar-nominated performances before the big night, and taking his dog Hobart on walks through Humboldt Park.

For more details about the programs on November 15th, or to sign up for one or both of these sessions, visit the SCLS calendar.

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